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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Up to You – Depending on your schedule, parking can be hectic. There are always spots available, but they may be at the opposite end of campus or on the top floor of the parking garage. This can be annoying, but then you did make your schedule so its your own fault for not coming earlier in the day when there are closer spots available, you can't really fault the school for that.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Some people may be turned away because of the "dry campus" but that is not necessary. Yes, St. John's is very strict with this rule but, it is a Catholic institution so what else would you expect? There are plenty of places to party near campus so anyone of age will not have a problem finding a good time.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Affordable and Available - but No Parking – There are plenty of affordable apartments available with other St. John's students. Parking can be difficult but almost everything you need is within walking distance so driving isn't always necessary.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is so much diversity at STJ. It is refreshing to walk onto campus and see so many people come together. There is never one race or ethnicity that dominates over the other. Ethnicity is bountiful as St. John's.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Awesome Faculty – At St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences the faculty is wonderful. I have yet to have a professor that is unwilling to assist me in any challenges I am be facing through the course. They have a genuine comprehension of the material they are presenting. As a student, that is greatly appreciated.

2 College Freshman

Weather: New York weather is so unpredictable. During the winter months, no one really wants to go out, they'd rather stay in the dorms. Getting to class is not a hassle, just more going out for recreational purposes is put on hold. During the spring season, there is a lot of rain, but it varies and everyone is outside.

4 College Freshman

Technology: St. John's provides a laptop for every student enrolled that they can keep as long as they graduate from the university. The computer labs are up to date, the internet isn't always working properly, but technicians are available to help fix the problem. There is wifi in every dorm as well.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Get There Early – Financial aid is the most packed during the first weeks of the semester and the lines are ridiculous. You will literally be there for an hour. Get there as soon as they open and everything will go smoothly,

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Very Diverse – My school has to be the most diverse school in NYC. I am currently friends with people that I never thought in a million years that I would be friends with. It is a very friendly community.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Extremely Expensive – Everything at St. John's University is expensive especially housing. There are perks however. Free laundry, your own kitchen, 4 bedroom apartments. You just need a lot of money!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has student bus that commune student to there various destination. Its very convenient.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the fact that Queens is an academic environment, the cost of livng is very high because the community are using the oppportunity that most student we be preferably love to stay off-campus than be in the school campus. As well, Sj. John University is one of the best university in New York and one of the most expensive university, most student like staying off-campus so that they can reduces there spending.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The public safety of Sj. John University are really hardworking. They send an email to all student email address as regards every issues going on campus expectially about safety. The public safety as well move every minutes to ensure student student are in a safe condition.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: No Spots After 8 30 AM – It is hard to find a spot that is not too far at any of the 5 parking lots after 8 30 am.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Unhealthy and/Or Expensive – The different places around campus are either fast food or overpriced sandwiches. It gets pretty expensive eating lunch at school and the food is not good.

5 College Student

Diversity: Very Diverse – The St. John's campus is extremely diverse. It is located in Jamaica, Queens, which is known to be a cultural hub. Also, for a Catholic school, St. John's is very accepting of other religions.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I only feel moderately safe on campus. I receive e-mail notifications frequently about suspiciuos characters on or near campus. However, we do have emergency poles.

5 College Student

Academics: School Psychology – I chose the School Psychology program at St. John's because of the faculty. They are doing cutting edge research and are always available to students. Other schools are using the textbooks that my professors have written. The faculty in my program remain humble, and it is clear that their main goal is to help their students and encourage us to succeed.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Fun, Minus the Homebodies – There is always something to do somewhere fir 18+. There are bars, clubs, and parties open to us students here every weekend, and many of us (myself included) take advantage of that. Still there are the "I want to go home every weekend although I technically live on campus" crowd, which makes it a tad difficult to meet new people.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It Depends on the Person – St. John's civilians are generally pretty friendly here, but, as with every college, there are also the ignorants. There are guys that feel the need to plow every girl that they set eyes upon, (or vise versa) and the famous "I don't like you just because." girls/guy groups. Still, it really depends on the individual and the circumstance. This university ties in second for the most diverse in the country. You'll find a niche to fill eventually.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Generous and Patient – I was not overly-familiar with the financial aid process, so I made multiple mistakes when applying for need and achievement based aid, but every time I called or made an appointment, I met with the nicest and most patient workers that the campus had to offer. The university has no problem in awarding you money if you need/deserve it. However, St. John's also likes to siphon off money from you whenever they can. If you have an achievement-based grant, it can be repealed if your GPA is 0.01 point away from the desired mark. That can be annoying.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Presence With No Base – We have Greek life; plenty of sororities and fraternities to choose from. No weird entry tests and traditions. Still, there's one major problem: NO Greek houses.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A Relatively Average Existence – I applied to this school mainly for the convenient closeness of some relatives of mine (my immediate family is in the DC/MD/VA area. It is a very beautiful campus, and it's gated off in a fairly well-to-do area, so I feel safe walking around the surrounding areas. However, I fell as though the freshmen don't quite get what we pay for. The seniors get beautiful Gothic-style townhouses, and we get roughly 200-sq feet single rooms with a set or two of bunkbeds. Not really fair in my opinon when we pay the same amount. They're clean, but not pretty.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I came in at SJU as a transfer for Sophomore year and I was offer $10,000 scholarship and it renewable as long as you keep a 3.0 GPA, Academic Merit for $8,000 along with my Pell Grant.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Happy at St John's University – St John's University, Excellent Study Abroad Program, I had the pleasure of being accepted to the Discover The World which involved Spain, Rome Italy (St. John's Have a Campus on Site) and Paris, France. I love all countries but Paris, France was my favorite. The academic is wounderful, I love SJU.

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St. John’s has its ups and downs, but most students agree, sometimes reluctantly, that the bad outweighs the good. Some argue that with the high tuition cost, students should receive better student services and facilities. The school’s motto is, “We are St. John’s,” but does the administration listen when students speak? The school needs more dorm rooms, better computers, and more people ready to help students instead of giving them the runaround or transferring their calls to someone else. These things are not luxuries, but rather necessities to keep the students and the institution running smoothly.

Going to St. John’s is a good experience, and the name only seems to impress many people, which is a good trademark to use in the workforce. The overwhelming majority of teachers cares about its students. Check out St. John’s extensively before attending to see if it can meet your needs, especially monetary-wise. In 1870, when St. John’s was founded by the Vincentian community, it was supposed to be an answer for the poor students who couldn’t afford schooling; now many feel SJU is making the students poor. The costs are going up each year, but the financial aid is basically staying the same, making it hard for students to attend because of the lack of funding. Explore it for yourself. There’s plenty to enjoy and benefit from, but don’t get caught up in hype.

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